From Pine View Farm

More Money Than Sense Dept. 4

How much is a good night’s sleep worth?

Hollandia International, an Israeli company, is betting that discerning Americans will pay $10,000 and up – way up – for a cushy mattress and a moveable frame.

My bed, including the frame, mattress, and box springs, cost about $700. Granted, that was a firesale price at a going out of business sale. But let’s do a little arithmetic.

10,000/700=14.3 (rounded).

I would be hard pressed to believe, skeptic that I am, that this Hollandia is almost 15 times better than my bed, which seems to work just fine, thank you.




  1. Opie

    July 31, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    I used to love fine stereos. Not that I ever had one of my own, but I knew the difference between a good one and a bad one. But one time when a friend asked me if he should spend more money to get a better brand-name stereo even though he was satisfied with what he had, I said, “You know what? If you can’t hear the difference, don’t pay for the difference.”

  2. Karen

    August 1, 2006 at 8:30 am

    My bed, frame, mattress, & box spring, was less than $600.00 total. It’s a queen size pillow top that’s no flip with a 15 year warranty. Denver Mattress is where we buy all of ours. I couldn’t imagine spending $10,000.00 on a bed. But, I bet there are people that will.

    Oh by the way Frank, thanks for the link to the plumbing story. Chris saw it, & felt appreciated. After he diagnosed their problem, that is!

  3. Frank

    August 1, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    I will never begrudge a competent plumber whatever he or she wants to charge.

    Since I have become a homeowner, I have learned a lot more about plumbing and electricity than I ever wanted to know.

    A specialist is worth his or her weight in gold. Or plungers. Or whatever.

  4. Frank

    August 1, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    Opie, I agree completely.

    I have a friend (who DJ’s two shows at this station) who is a trained musician.

    He could tell the difference between a $150 set of speakes and a $1500 set of speakers.

    I can’t.

    That’s why I will stick with my $150 speakers.